It’s been one of those weeks around here where I’m very glad the week is almost over! Nothing too disastrous has happened but it’s just all the little things piled into one week.


It started with J and I both getting sick at the same time. We both started feeling bad Tuesday morning and by Wednesday ended up with “his and her doctor appointments.” (We’re trying to start a new trend for couples. haha) Anyways, J has bronchitis and I have walking pneumonia.


Then in the midst of dealing with all that, my cell phone goes on the fritz. It was saying “emergency only” on it and I couldn’t dial out, receive calls, or text messages!


Then the computer went wonky on me! Actually, it was more a network problem and not a problem with the actual computer. I could get online just not access any web pages. If all that weren’t enough, a pipe in the bathroom started leaking and we ended up with water all over the bathroom floor. Good times, let me tell ya!


Luckily though, J is superman. Seriously, he’s my hero. He fixed the cell phone and the computer! Now, the leak in the bathroom he wasn’t as heroic with and we had to call the plumber. J’s beginning to feel a lot better and I’m feeling a little better.


And you’re probably wondering about Noah – he’s not sick. And I’m hoping he doesn’t end up that way. He’s been very good this week; hyper but good. He’s been my little “Dr. Noah” giving me ouchie kisses, telling me to cover up and drink, and putting his hand on my forehead like I do when I’m trying to see if he has a fever!


I hope next week is a little less bumpy than this week has been!


make-a-wish2Valentine’s Day is also J’s birthday so just wanted to take a moment and wish him a Happy Birthday!

And Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you!!

Here’s the photos from the first week of P365 along with the journaling that goes with them.  Although, I have only been doing this for a little over a week at this point, I’m really enjoying it. It’s making me appreciate the little things in life. Some days it is really hard to choose just one photo!! While being a Mom is the center of who I am, I’m really making a conscious effort to include more than just photos of Noah because I am more than just a Mom. I really want this book to end up being MY interpretation of MY world through MY lens in 2009. (which is what I”m thinking the title will end up being)

I’m still working on the first layout but probably won’t get it done till next week. I’ll share it when I do though. Some people are doing their layouts by weeks, “week one, week 2” and so on, but I think I might break mine into months and do a monthly page with a cover photo using my favorite photo from the month then simply scrap the “pics of the day” through out the month. I need to keep it simple or I won’t stick with it though! I do think I’ll try and post my photos from the previous week here on my blog every Friday….

Day 1/Thursday January 1

The start of a New Year, a clean slate.  It’s not a fancy photo but I like what it represents. It’s a calendar that was a gift from a friend and I have a purse addiction so the calendar is very ME. It seemed a fitting photo of a new year for a new project and a clean slate for ‘09.

Day 2/Friday January 2
jan-2My boys watching the Gator Bowl on TV. Clemson lost the bowl game but my boys still look smashing in their matching jerseys.

Day 3/Saturday January 3

Noah just loves to look out that window. That’s the window in our bedroom so he has to lie on our bed to look out of it. I call him our little greeter because he will look out the window when he knows that someone is coming over and then he will get all excited yelling when they finally arrive.


Day 4/Sunday January 4
Although my Dad’s birthday is actually New Year’s Eve we didn’t have a chance to celebrate it as a family until today. My Dad is 58 years young.


Day 5/Monday January 5 


My first self portrait using my new tripod that I got for Christmas. It took me a few minutes to get used to the tripod but once I did, it worked and I did pretty well I think. (At least for my first self portrait with a tripod photo) And while this photo isn’t that glamorous, I like it. Even though I’m in my fuzzy pink snowflake robe with wet hair and no make up at 7 am in the morning, I like it! I’m drinking my caramel truffle coffee after putting my son on the bus for his first day back from Christmas vacation. I’m basking in the solitude and silence!

Day 6/ Tuesday January 6




I’ve been trying to get a photo of Noah in his hooded Cars blanket since he received it for Christmas. He finally let me as he was being a goofball tonight after his bath.

Day 7/ Wednesday January 7



Some days it’s just about the simple things – today is one of those days. These are my favorite socks.
That’s it for week one!



His Love Knocked me out of the ball park!Five years ago, today at 6:30 PM, J and I stood in front of our family, friends, and 1,200 spectators and declared our everlasting love for one another as we became husband and wife.

Yes, you read that correctly – 1,200 spectators. If you don’t know by now, J and I had a crazy wedding! I can’t do ANYTHING the normal way, ya know, so instead of a normal, boring, traditional wedding, we had a big shin dig on a baseball field, getting married right before the Greenville Braves (minor leauge baseball team) game.

Coley and JNow, when I tell people that, I think they picture me on home plate in jeans and a t-shirt. Nope, not for this girl! I still had the big white (off white in my case – looked much better with my skin tones) dress.Enough with the kissing! My girls wore dresses and the guys had cute little ties with baseballs printed on them.

It was actually very cool and I still think we are immensely blessed to have had the wedding day we did. When we started talking about getting married, we knew a big church wedding wasn’t for us. Too Our names in lights!stuffy. Our first date has been to a baseball game at this same park, so jokingly I said, “Let’s get married at the ball park.” We emailed the baseball park officials to see if this was even possible, thinking of a small quiet ceremony on a day the team had an away game.

They asked us to come in and meet with them, so we did. They decided that our wedding would be a great promotion so in turn for letting them use our names and what not in advertising and promo stuff, we got things provided by sponsors of the event in the tune of about 20,000 dollars! Dress, limo, cake, tux, reception, DJ, etc…. all payed for by sponsors. Did I mention we were blessed?

It was a day I will probably never forget. I never knew just how magical a wedding day could be! We went with the baseball The Wedding Partytheme and used the team’s colors of red, white, and blue as our own colors so our bmaids were decked out in red dresses, while our guys sported white dress shirts, blue pants, and ties with baseballs printed on them. Our names flashed from the scoreboard. My “aisle” was 22 steps down Walking through the Bats with Dadthrough the bleachers to the field. When I got to the field, baseball players lined up and made a military style arch with their bats, which my Daddy and I walked through. Our cake was amazing with a baseball as the cake topper. We even got throw out the first pitch of the night!Isn\'t that the coolest cake you have ever seen!?!

So, today, as I celebrate being married for five years to my soul mate, I also reflect on how blessed we were not only on our wedding day, but today as well. We have a good life full of friends and family who love us dearly.

(You can click on any of the pics if you want to see them bigger.)

Valentine’s Day also happens to be my darling hubby’s birthday. Because he had to work, we didn’t go out or do anything too fancy, but my parents are keeping Noah over night tonight so we will go out and do something fun.


Birthday parties are too stressful for Noah and although we have attempted them each year, this year, it was really more for me, because as his Mother, I wanted to give him these big birthday parties but finally I decided ENOUGH is ENOUGH!

So, we gave him options and we ended up going to Pigeon Forge, TN. He was out of school on Friday for a Teacher Workday so we left as soon as J got home from work. It was such an amazing, relaxing time!! dollywood-001.jpgWe were in the beautiful Smokey Mtns, saw amazing scenery, had a posh hotel with an indoor pool and hot tub. Although silly me, forgot her swimmie! Mainly though, we just enjoyed family time. We rode go carts, shopped (Ok, I shopped!), took pictures (Ok, again, I took pictures) and went to Dollywood.

Dollywood was probably Noah’s favorite activity. His new nickname is Fearless. That boy would ride the upside down roller coasters if I let him. He’s wild!!

 I’m in love with our family picture that they took when we went in the front gate.

The whole time while in the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area I kept talking about this restaurant I used to go to there when I was younger and with my family that had the amazing chocolate chip pancakes. I’ve never had chocolate chip pancakes anywhere else other than Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge. On our first ever trip away together, J and I went to Gatlinburg and ate at the same restaurant and you guessed – it I had chocolate chip pancakes. So I was sad thinking this trip I wouldn’t get them since Noah probably wouldn’t behave in such a crowded restaurant with such a long wait – sometimes you’d have to wait 2 hours for BREAKFAST! So Sunday morning, J wakes me up banging on the door because he couldn’t get the stupid key to work again and he had gotten up and gone and got me – yep you guessed it CHOCOLATE CHIP PANCAKES! Do I not have the best husband in the whole world!!!

We didn’t want to come home! We are ready to go back!! I think we found a new favorite vacation spot.